Life Chest Testimonials
When Arbor Hospice approached me with the idea of a Life Chest keepsake to store mementos and other items special to me and my late husband, John Waidley, I had doubts. My first thought was, "I don't need that. I have a perfectly good plastic box from Bed, Bath and Beyond. I am trying to reduce my belongings, not acquire more," How wrong I was. I chose the Oxford because John was an avid reader. The small chest - which looks like a very elegant stack of leather bound books - now resides on a small table next to his favorite reading chair.
Once the chest arrived, I started filling it with notes from friends and family along with treasured items such as his passport, driver’s license, professional licenses, birth certificate and, yes, his obituary. The Life Chest looks good on the table and when I sit in his office chair, I like looking at it. It’s sturdy, elegant, scholarly - all traits John personified. Knowing its contents brings back good memories. In fact, when I find something I want to add to the collection, I like opening the chest and placing the item that I think is worth saving.
At some point I will pass the chest - along with its contents - on to his oldest son. I know it will be appreciated. John was never a “plastic box” type of guy; special items and the memories that go along with them deserve an appropriate repository.